Trump’s scorched-earth budget: $1.7 trillion in cuts to vital social programs

By Kate Randall, 24 May 2017

Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” is a 52-page declaration of war against the working class.

Trump calls for $1.7 trillion in social cuts

Ex-CIA director’s testimony fuels new round of anti-Russian agitation

By Patrick Martin, 24 May 2017

John Brennan testified Tuesday before an open session of the House Intelligence Committee and later behind closed doors.

Former Trump national security adviser invokes Fifth Amendment

US launches raid in Yemen as Trump concludes Middle East trip

By Bill Van Auken, 24 May 2017

The US special forces raid on Yemen followed Trump’s massive arms deals with Saudi Arabia, which that will fuel the kingdom’s savage war against a population on the brink of starvation.

In visit to Israel, Trump escalates attacks on Iran

Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia intensifies tensions with Europe

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May forced to backpedal on “dementia tax”

By Robert Stevens, 24 May 2017

The backlash came as a huge shock, not only for the Tories but for the media as well.

UK wage performance “worst in over 200 years”

Brazil crisis threatens second impeachment in less than a year

By Miguel Andrade, 24 May 2017

The acceptance by the Attorney General’s office and the Supreme Court of what amounts to a sting operation against the president, exposes a growing breakdown of constitutional forms of rule.

Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina redistricting

By our reporter, 24 May 2017

The court ruling deals a blow to efforts by the Republican Party to draw electoral boundaries that would pack black voters into a small number of districts.

32-year-old worker dies at Detroit area US Steel mill

By our reporter, 24 May 2017

The death of a contractor at the Great Lakes Steel Facility in Ecorse is the latest in a series of fatalities at US Steel, which has implemented deep cost-cutting measures.

Caterpillar, Butterball to close factories in Montgomery, Illinois, laying off 1,400 workers

By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 24 May 2017

The dual factory closures in the far western suburbs of Chicago take place in an area already hard hit by decades of deindustrialization.

Allegations of vote fraud mount
The UAW betrayal at Caterpillar and the case for rank-and-file committees

Planned Parenthood to close 10 clinics in Iowa and the mountain West

By Gary Joad, 24 May 2017

Wyoming will become the second US state without any Planned Parenthood facility, joining North Dakota.

Chicago police keep nearly 400,000 on a secret watch list

By George Marlowe, 24 May 2017

Far exceeding previous claims, the Chicago police secretly maintain a vast surveillance net covering nearly 15 percent of the city’s population.

New South Korean government pushes sham “chaebol” reform

By Ben McGrath, 24 May 2017

The Moon administration speaks for weaker layers of big business that are unable to compete with the major conglomerates.

Australian government demonises “fake refugees”

By Max Newman, 24 May 2017

Thousands of asylum seekers face forced removal to their countries of origin if they do not complete complex visa applications by October 1.

S&P downgrades small banks amid warnings of Australian housing slowdown

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 May 2017

The international credit ratings agency said its decision, which affects 23 financial institutions, was based on the likelihood of a sharp “correction” of the property market bubble.

Indian establishment lauds military’s use of Kashmiri youth as “human shield”

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 24 May 2017

Predictably the military’s announcement that it would convene a court of inquiry to investigate the incident has proven to be a cruel joke.

New in Russian

Сочинения Троцкого 1917 года
Речь на общегородской конференции объединенных с.-д. по докладу т. Урицкого об отношении к Временному правительству

Лев Троцкий, 23 мая 2017 г.

С этой речью Троцкий выступил на общегородской конференции объединенных социал-демократов 20 мая (7 мая по ст. ст.) 1917 г.

New in Spanish

El Washington Post y el New York Times urgen a suspender los llamados de impugnación contra Trump

Por Patrick Martin, 23 mayo 2017

Ambos diarios han funcionado como portavoces para la oposición del aparato militar y de inteligencia contra Trump.

La investigación de Suecia contra Julian Assange siempre fue una incriminación política falsa

Por David Walsh, 23 mayo 2017

Todo el caso iba dirigido a desacreditar y paralizar a WikiLeaks y crear las condiciones para extraditar a EE.UU. o secuestrar a Assange, y así poder ejecutarlo o sentenciarlo a cadena perpetua.

Día Internacional del Trabajador del 2017
Defendamos a los trece trabajadores de Maruti Suzuki incriminados falsamente en India

Por Keith Jones, 23 mayo 2017

Los trabajadores de Maruti Suzuki fueron sentenciados a cadena perpetua a raíz de una incriminación conspiratoria de la compañía, la policía, las cortes y los principales partidos políticos.

Conferencia sobre el centenario de la Revolución Rusa
El regreso de Lenin a Rusia y las Tesis de Abril

Por James Cogan, 23 mayo 2017

Publicamos aquí el texto de una conferencia pronunciada el 6 de mayo por James Cogan, secretario nacional del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Australia).

New in French

Lors de sa visite en Israël, Trump intensifie ses attaques contre l’Iran

Par Bill Van Auken, 24 mai 2017

Le prétexte du président des États-Unis selon lequel ses politiques provoqueront un accord de paix israélo-palestinien est de la poudre aux yeux qui cache mal une politique d’escalade du militarisme contre Téhéran.

Trump veut des coupes sociales de 1700 milliards de dollars

Par Kate Randall, 24 mai 2017

La proposition de budget marque une nouvelle étape dans l’agression bipartite sur ce qu’il reste des programmes de lutte contre la pauvreté et la faim et d’assurance santé pour des millions de travailleurs.

Des liens établis entre le réseau néo-nazi dans l’armée allemande et « le Mouvement identitaire »

Par Christophe Vandreier, 24 mai 2017

Les dernières informations confirment que la cellule terroriste suspectée fait partie de réseaux bien plus étendus dans l’armée allemande.

Un membre de l’IYSSE élu au sénat étudiant de l’Université de New York

Par our reporters, 24 mai 2017

Isaac Oseas, membre de l’IYSSE, a remporté un siège au sénat étudiant de l’École supérieure des arts et des sciences de l’Université de New York, qui comprend 4000 étudiants diplômés à l’université.

Trump déclenche le processus de renégociation de l'ALÉNA

Par Roger Jordan, 24 mai 2017

L'administration Trump défend agressivement son programme de l'«Amérique d'abord» et renégocie l'ALÉNA dans le contexte d’une montée du protectionnisme économique à travers le monde.

New in German

Washington Post und New York Times nehmen die Forderung nach einem Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen Trump zurück

Von Patrick Martin, 23. Mai 2017

Die beiden Tageszeitungen fungieren als wichtiges Sprachrohr der Opposition gegen Trump innerhalb des militärisch-geheimdienstlichen Apparats.

Trumps Rede in Riad verschärft Spannungen mit Europa

Von Peter Schwarz, 23. Mai 2017

Europäische Medien werfen Trump vor, er heize mit seiner eindeutigen Parteinahme für Saudi-Arabien und gegen den Iran den Konflikt zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten weiter an.

Trumps Rede in Riad kündigt Eskalationskurs gegen den Iran an

Von Bill Van Auken, 23. Mai 2017

Zwischen Klischees, Heuchelei und Absurditäten schilderte Trump in seiner Rede vor einer Versammlung von Monarchen und Despoten in Saudi-Arabien seine Pläne für eine Eskalation des US-Militarismus.

De Maizière fordert EU-Truppe im Süden Libyens

Von Marianne Arens, 23. Mai 2017

Innenminister Thomas de Maizière hat in einem gemeinsamen Brief mit dem italienischen Amtskollegen Marco Minniti vorgeschlagen, eine EU-Mission an die Südgrenze Libyens zu schicken.

NSU-Tribunal klagt Merkel und Verfassungsschutz an

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 23. Mai 2017

Das Kölner NSU-Tribunal hat eine politische Anklageschrift gegen 90 Personen vorgelegt, die die Morde und Attentate des NSU vorbereitet, gefördert oder unterstützt haben.

New in Urdu

سری لنکا کے وزیر اعظم نے امریکی اتحادیوں کے ساتھ تعلقات کو مزید تقویت دی ہے

11 May 2017

اسکے باوجو د کہ سری لنکا کو چین کی سرمایہ کاری کی اشد ضرورت ہے لیکن وہ ابھی تک ایشیاء میں امریکی قیادت میں فوجی اقدامات کا اتحادی ہے

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Perspective

UK government deploys military following Manchester suicide bombing

24 May 2017

It has already been confirmed that the suicide bomber, Salman Ramadan Abedi, was known to security services but supposedly not considered a threat.

Earlier Perspectives »

International Amazon Workers Voice

Socialist Equality Party launches International Amazon Workers Voice newsletter

By the Socialist Equality Party, 24 May 2017

The newsletter will be a platform of opposition for Amazon workers, exposing dictatorial working conditions, introducing workers to socialism, and providing regular news and analysis of world politics.

Watch: How can Amazon workers fight back?

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Arts

Netflix series Dear White People: Self-pity in the service of social climbing

By Joanne Laurier, 24 May 2017

The first season of the new Netflix 10-part series, Dear White People, an expansion of Justin Simien’s 2014 movie, concerns a group of black students at a fictional, predominantly white, Ivy League college.

The cases of Aaron Gach, Mem Fox, United Vibrations, Soviet Soviet and others
Artists, writers, musicians detained and bullied by US customs and border officers

By Marko Leone and David Walsh, 23 May 2017

Commentary

Macron prepares enabling act to slash contracts, labor rights in France

By Alex Lantier, 23 May 2017

Visiting Mali, French President Macron appeals for army’s support

Links established between neo-Nazi network and “Identity Movement” in the German army

By Christoph Vandreier, 23 May 2017

Haymarket Books’ #Resist: The International Socialist Organization props up the Democratic Party in Chicago

Sweden’s investigation into Julian Assange was a political frame-up from the outset

IYSSE

International Youth and Students for Social Equality member wins student senate seat at New York University

By our reporters, 23 May 2017

Isaac Oseas, a member of the IYSSE, has won the position of student senator for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at NYU, which includes 4,000 graduate students at the university.

NYU involved in Department of Defense supercomputer project
No to militarism and surveillance! NYU must reveal all ties to military and spy agencies!

More on the fight for democratic rights at NYU »

“A declaration of hostility towards the principles of humanity”
Professor Mario Kessler publishes comment criticizing views of right-wing professor Jörg Baberowski

Student parliament demands Humboldt University rescind support of Baberowski

Open letter from the IYSSE to the president of Humboldt University in Berlin

More on the fight for historical truth »

Centenary of the Russian Revolution

This week in the Russian Revolution
May 22-28: Global class struggle intensifies

22 May 2017

The revolution in Russia gives the signal to workers everywhere, but the gathering revolt is met with repression by the capitalist state and treachery by parties and unions claiming to represent workers.

From the archives of the Revolution
Speech on Comrade Uritsky’s report on the attitude to the Provisional Government

By Leon Trotsky, 20 May 2017

This is a new translation of a speech delivered by Trotsky before the Citywide Conference of United Social-Democrats on May 20, 1917 (May 7 O.S.).

Chronology of the Russian Revolution »

Socialist Equality Party

The class issues in the UK snap election
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

22 May 2017

The following is a statement by the Socialist Equality Party in Britain on the central issues facing the working class in the June 8 general election.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meetings
The class issues in Britain’s snap election: Austerity, dictatorship and war

19 May 2017

Workers Struggles

San Diego, California school district pushes forward with layoffs and cuts

By Norisa Diaz and Toby Reese, 23 May 2017

Australia: Teachers explain why the AEU-government deal should be rejected

By our reporters, 22 May 2017

Vote “NO” to the EBA!
Australian Education Union pushes through industrial agreement at delegates’ meetings

“It is time we all stood up”
AT&T workers call for broader fight as CWA ends weekend strike

By our reporting teams, 22 May 2017

Free the Maruti Suzuki workers!

Sri Lankan plantation workers support campaign to release framed-up Maruti Suzuki workers

By M. Thevarajah, 20 May 2017

The frame-up of the Maruti Suzuki workers—Part 5: Judge Goyal mangles the law to sustain the legal vendetta

By Eric London and Keith Jones, 18 May 2017

“There is an air of worker rebellion in India and China”
A conversation with Professor Immanuel Ness on the Maruti Suzuki workers

By Jerry White, 4 May 2017

More on the frame-up of Maruti Suzuki workers »

The Flint water crisis

“We’re being punished for not being able to pay the city for the poison”
Flint residents speak out on water crisis

By Jerry White, 19 May 2017

Watch: Flint family threatened for refusing to pay for poisoned water

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Flint workers denounce foreclosure threat over water bills

By Jerry White, 18 May 2017

More on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan »

Book Reviews

Human rights propaganda in support of imperialist war
The Return of History, Conflict, Migration and Geopolitics in the 21st Century

The ICFI's International May Day Online Rally

India: ICFI supporters hold May Day meeting in Bangalore

By our correspondents, 12 May 2017

The event was part of the Trotskyist movement’s commemoration of the centenary of the October 1917 Revolution.

May Day 2017: Lessons of history and the fight for socialism

By David North, 1 May 2017

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A political appraisal of the ICFI’s 2017 International May Day Online Rally

SEP Sri Lankan May Day meeting discusses threat of world war and lessons of Russian Revolution